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Trinidad and Tobago: Young farmer wants to grow in agro-processing

Out of a pool of 1,800 applicants, young farmer and 2019 National Youth Awardee for Agriculture Curtis Carabai has been selected for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) initiative. He is now planning to implement what he learnt about agro-processing in the program in his Dow Village farming community.

The US Department of State’s YLAI empowers emerging business and social entrepreneurs from across Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States, to realise the full economic potential of the region’s citizens.

The young owner of Carabai's Fresh Produce said about his involvement in the 2022 YLAI stemmed from his 2020 Youth Award: "Young people are attracted to success and everybody likes to work with winners. The award brought influence not only because of its status but it shows the work I'm doing is recognised at a national level."

He told "It was an honour and an opportunity to keep growing and not just standstill. It is always about moving upwards for me. Applying for the YLAI was my way of moving upwards from the Youth Award."

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